U.S. Supreme Court rejected yesterday Roe v Wade, a monumental decision in 1973 that guaranteed abortion rights in the United States for 49 years, as Marion McKenna wrote for Wired, “revolutionized women’s lives.” Now, it’s all in jeopardy.
The far-reaching impact of court decisions cannot be overstated. Except for those who are now pregnant at risk of life and death, roe The rise of criminal abortion will spark a privacy nightmare that civil liberties advocates have warned about for decades.
As we reported in May after the draft Supreme Court decision was leaked to Politico, the criminalization of abortion in US states requires people to adopt comprehensive digital privacy strategies to protect themselves from surveillance states. This could include switching to end-to-end encrypted apps like Signal, using a search engine like DuckDuckGo instead of Google to limit your data footprint, locking down privacy settings on your phone, and using browser extensions to block web trackers, etc. Steps. For more details on protecting your digital privacy, we recommend guides from the Digital Defense Fund and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
If you plan to protest the Supreme Court decision, check out our guide on how to protest safely. If you are looking for information about having an abortion after surgery –roe America, we also have a list of resources.
In this week’s other stories, we explain how to password-protect any file and dive into the lingering security risks associated with Microsoft’s now-defunct Internet Explorer browser. We learned about Brave’s new Goggles tool for its privacy-focused search engine that lets you create custom search filters. We explore the ways in which artificial intelligence is being used by the U.S. intelligence community. We detail a new type of spyware that Google and Lookout researchers say has been used to target people in multiple countries.
But that’s not all. Here we’ve rounded up the major security news we couldn’t cover over the past week. Click on the title to read the full text. And stay safe outside.
Microsoft released a report this week that delves into Russia’s cyber efforts in the ongoing war with Ukraine. Researchers found that Russia launched at least 48 attacks on Ukrainian entities. While some efforts have been successful, the researchers found that rapidly deployed digital defenses have thwarted many of these attacks, including the Russian military’s failed deployment of “wiper” malware against Ukrainian government computers. However, Vladimir Putin did not limit Russian hackers to targets in Ukraine. Microsoft researchers have identified Russian “cyber intrusion operations” targeting 128 groups in 42 countries outside Ukraine. Moscow regularly targets NATO governments, and researchers say Russian attacks have a 29 percent success rate. In a quarter of successful attacks, Russian hackers stole internal data from victims’ networks. Microsoft also warned that Russia is conducting a global “cyber influence campaign,” at least some of which is promoting propaganda to encourage people not to get vaccinated against Covid-19.
While political misinformation remains rampant on the Meta platform ahead of November’s midterm elections, CEO Mark Zuckerberg has reportedly turned his attention from election-related issues to Metaverse.According to several people familiar with the This New York Times, Facebook’s “core election team…has been fragmented”, with only 60 people now dedicated to election integrity issues full-time. Company spokesman Tom Reynolds disputed the figure, claiming that “hundreds” of people at Meta were focusing on election-related work.
Another day, another cryptocurrency company hacked criminals with huge sums of money. The latest known attack against California-based Web3 company Harmony targets Blockchain Bridge, an application used to transfer cryptocurrencies from one blockchain to another. The company said hackers stole around $100 million in digital assets. Bridges are a known weakness in the crypto ecosystem. In late March, hackers believed to be part of North Korea’s Lazarus Group stole $540 million worth of cryptocurrency through a bridging attack.
We’ve all been there: on your way home after a drunken night in town, you realize you’ve misplaced a USB drive that contains the name, address, birthday, and tax-related information of everyone in your city. information. never happened to you? Well, a contractor in Amagasaki, Japan was not so lucky. protector The unnamed contractor lost a USB drive with sensitive personal data of all 460,000 Amagasaki residents after a night out at a restaurant, the report said. While the mistake was indeed embarrassing, it hoped that it would not lead to a breach of privacy: According to city officials, the data was encrypted and they found no evidence of any breach. cheers!